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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Hi-Fi Stereo Computer Speakers

4.5 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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  • MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves
  • Streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally
  • an aux line-in socket means you can hook up your speakers with almost anything
  • high-quality headphone output. When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1

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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 17 cm ; 1.7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 C batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: FP30163
  • ASIN: B003II3BM0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,023 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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From user to listener - MM-1s aren't like other computer speakers. They're true hi-fi speakers, shrunk to fit on your desktop. So they don't just look great - they sound amazing, transforming your computer into a superb hi-fi stereo sound system.

Hi-fi sound on your computer - Once they were for filling out spreadsheets and typing letters. Now computers are used for almost everything: socialising, playing games, listening to music, watching videos. So it seems a shame that deskbound entertainment fans have always had to make do with sub-standard audio, either from a computer's built-in speakers or poor quality monitors. No longer. MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves.

Full-range sound - Most computer speakers have to make do with just one drive unit to handle the full spectrum of frequencies. Not so with the MM-1. Just like a full-size speaker, it has two drivers, one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies and another for the treble. So there's a reason why MM-1 reproduces sound with the accuracy of a true hi-fi speaker: that's exactly what it is.

Near-files monitors - All hi-fi set ups have a sweet spot - the area in the listening space where music sounds at its best. With full size hi-fi , that area is usually some distance away from the speakers. So we've made some electronic adjustments to the MM-1 to make sure the sweet spot is where you are: a few feet from the computer screen. You'll always be right in the middle of the action.

Digital Sound Processing - There's an art to producing a big sound from small speakers. And we've mastered it, thanks to a clever piece of electronic fine-tuning called Digital Signal Processing. By adjusting the sound balance depending on the signal, DSP keeps bass effects powerful and music sounding rich and detailed, no matter how loud you play it.

High-quality headphone output - MM-1 makes private listening a pleasure, thanks to its high-quality headphone output. When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1, producing a sound that's a noticeable improvement over the standard PC or Mac headphone output.

USB audio streaming - Computer speakers normally have to rely on the wildly varying quality of the computer's analogue output signal. MM-1 is different. It streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally. So you'll always get the best possible audio quality, independent of the computer output.

Nautilus tube-loaded tweeter - Some of our most pioneering technology has found its way into the MM-1. The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design we first developed for our famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds. You'll find the same technology in our studio-standard speakers, used by the likes of Abbey Road Studios.

Box Contains

MM1 Speakers
Power supply
Power cable
Remote control
USB cable
Instructions
Warranty info


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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2013
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These speakers are almost ridiculously expensive! £400 for a pair of tiny boxes, 6" high and 3" deep, that sit on your desk? Surely they cannot possibly be worth that kind of money?

Well, I'm afraid they can. These are B&W's answer for people who want PC speakers that sound musical, rather than the usual shrill treble and artificially-enhanced thudding subwoofer bass. These are not for gaming, or for watching movies (although I'd imagine they'd be just as good for those activities) - they are for listening to music. If you are a hi-fi buff who despairs of the sound of typical PC speakers, these are for you.

They are active speakers in the hi-fi sense of the word - one amplifier for each bass and treble driver, with a DSP crossover. (This is expensive technology such as is found on serious hi-fi speakers.) They can be connected via USB to a PC or Mac, thus bypassing the soundcard in the PC, but I am using mine with the line out of a Sonos music streamer, playing lossless rips from my CDs. The highest praise I can give them is that I have just sat here for the evening playing album after album as I worked at my PC, and not once did I feel there was anything lacking in the sound. Every PC speaker I have heard has annoyed me - either there's too much hum and hiss, or the treble is too shrill, or the bass has only one note and doesn't integrate, or there is no stereo image and the sound is a mess. But with the MM-1s, I just sat and enjoyed the music.

They are designed as near-field monitors - don't expect them to fill a room with sound. They seem to perform best about 2 feet apart, with the listener sitting about the same distance away.
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These tiny speakers deliver amazing sound. I was expecting the speed and attack, but not the richness and depth. There is more bass than you would think possible. However the most amazing quality is the clarity. I find I am hearing new aspects of music I have heard dozens of times.
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I've been searching for a decent - and compact - pair of computer speakers for some time. I've tried numerous options, probably around a dozen before I decided to give these a shot. With every other pair there's always been some sort of compromise. Sometimes it's size; a pair of Canton PC speakers that sounded great were huge, way too big for a normal desk. Sometimes it was sound quality; the Monitor Audio WS100 speakers sounded great whilst playing music but had an annoying high pitched whine whilst no audio was playing. And other times they've just been plain rubbish (step forward the £30 Edifier Prime 2.0 speakers).

It was the price that initially put me off, these are 2-3 times the cost (at least) of most other PC speakers. However, having used them for several weeks, I now wouldn't part with them. They're exceptionally good - the audio from my ALAC and FLAC iTunes library sounds superb, no other desktop PC speaker has even come close. They've a nice weight to them, build quality feels excellent and they also come complete with a dinky remote. They can go loud and don't appear to struggle with anything I've thrown at them, whether that's rock, jazz, classical or the sound from movie trailers! I wish I'd bought these years ago and bypassed all of the other speakers that I've tried in between!

Additionally, there's also 3 months access to the B&W society of sound once they're registered on the B&W website. Which I was expecting to be rubbish but - if you're a bit of an audiophile - is actually really good. Mainly skewed towards classical tracks, you're able to download a selection of albums in Hi-Res ALAC, FLAC 16bit and (the bit I appreciated) FLAC 24bit file formats. If you're a fan of lossless music, it's a great way to download tracks to show off the difference between lossy and lossless tracks.
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I wasn't sure if spending so much on a desktop speaker was a good idea, I already had the Bose Companion 3 speakers, which cost £250. So I wasn't sure if these would be any better, oh how I was wrong - they are mind-blowing! I previous had a high end HiFi setup worth £1500, but sold it due to never being able to turn it up, so I got these for my office and they genuinely have the same hifi quality sound to them, I had almost forgotten how good hifi sounded.

I have a Creative X-Fi card, so tried both the USB (Digital) connection, verses using the aux input from the X-Fi soundcard, the result was that the digital input (using the MM1s D to A Converter) was significantly better.

So the added bonus is I can also sell my soundcard to cover the cost!

Overall so pleased, Easily 5 stars and well worth the money.
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These speakers are awesome. I was sceptical whether they could live up to the good reviews but they definitely do. Prior to these I had the Bose Companion 20 but the bass was too overhwelming and made the sound `muddy' in my opinion.
These B&Ws are just amazing, the sound is clear for all sounds from highs to lows work well, - perhaps if you want extreme serious slamming bass you may need a subwoofer but for me, I listen to rock, electronic, jazz and classical and these are just mindblowingly good - and with all the bass I could ever need, depth of tone, richness clarity - its all there. They are designed for relatively close up listening but are also OK for a room sized area , although I think you need to sit in the stream of sound. I am using them with JRiver which gets the best out of them on my mac, but they also sound amazing played via my old laptop. I am in the process of upgrading all my MP3s to lossless - it is worth it with these speakers I can hear and feel the difference. They are expensive but they are simply way better than any other PC speakers I have heard, I don't get listening `fatigue' despite using them at close quarters. If you spend a lot of time in front of your PC you will be happy listening these.
An update after several months of use::: the speakers are still astounding. I'm still amazed at the quality of the sound each time I switch them on I love it. I do however have one gripe - the remote control it doesn't feel of the right quality for the product, it is not easy to use nor intuitive B&W seem to have been more keen on design than use- it is elipse shaped and totally symmetrical - very hard to use by feel, in a dim room it is easy to hold it upside down by error and hit the wrong button.
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